Humiliating opening-day setback aside, Arsenal have certainly enjoyed a tremendous and rather unexpected start to the 2013/14 campaign.

While that staggering 3-1 defeat at the hands of Paul Lambert's Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium provoked sheer bitter anger and disbelief among many of the Gunners faithful at the time, since that fateful afternoon Arsene Wenger's men have been almost unstoppable and currently sit proudly atop of the Premier League.

However, despite their excellent run of form, many still doubt the Gunners as credible and genuine title contenders. It would appear that several - perhaps rightly - believe that aside from their abundance of options in the attacking midfield positions, Wenger's men do not seem to have the necessary strength in depth elsewhere in the squad.

The lack of an adequate alternative to the combative presence of Mathieu Flamini is obviously an issue. The rugged and battling Frenchman re-joined Arsenal during the summer on a free transfer following his departure from Italian giants AC Milan and he has immediately re-established himself as a pivotal figure in the heart of midfield.

However, with Flamini experiencing fitness problems of late, it is clear Arsenal lack a credible replacement able to fulfill the same duties. At the weekend, the Gunners were linked with a potential £7 million swoop for midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu. This is a player who could considerably boost the club's title charge.

During a four-year spell with current employers West Brom, the Congolese international - who previously represented France at youth level - has proved himself to be an excellent, dependable presence in midfield.

Providing solid protection for his back four, Mulumbu is energetic and composed while also retaining the necessary ball skills that are a minimum requirement to successfully adapt to Wenger's aesthetically-pleasing brand of football.

With another excellent holding player in the squad, the likes of Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and German star Mesut Ozil would be largely free of defensive duties and would have the luxury of focusing on developing their excellent attacking roles.

Arsenal's bright start has been a joy to watch for the club's long-suffering fanbase who had grown increasingly wary after eight-long years in the trophy wilderness. 

However, if they are to ensure that they are finally able to end that awful run then they need to ensure they strengthen the squad in the right areas during the winter window. Additions are badly needed to boost overall depth if the Gunners are to win the top-flight title.

Adding a player with Mulumbu's experience and versatility to cover and jostle for position with Flamini could help them to do just that.

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